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Who is the best basketball player in Missouri history?

Friday, November 11, 2011 | 5:08 p.m. CST; updated 4:43 p.m. CST, Monday, November 14, 2011

Starting next week, the Missourian will have a bracket-style tournament to determine who is the best player in the history of Missouri basketball.

This tournament will have 32 players in four seeded groups. They will be seeded 1-8 based on career statistics and achievements. The four groups are based largely on time period:

  • Current/recent players
  • Late '80s/'90s players
  • Old-school players
  • The best of the rest

Before we launch the online bracket next week, we'd like your thoughts on our list.

What do you think of the seedings? Who needs to be ranked higher/lower? Who did we forget to include? Did we get it exactly right? (Probably not). What changes should we make before the bracket goes live?

Please let us know what you think in the comments section below, on Twitter @CoMoSports or on the Missourian's Facebook page.


**UPDATE: Thanks for pointing out that we had Linas Kleiza in the wrong time period. We've moved him to the "Best of the rest" bracket. Based on your suggestions, we've also removed Jason Horton from the list and added Byron Irvin in his place.

 

The top 32 Missouri basketball players of all time

Current/recent players division (* Current Player)

1. DeMarre Carroll — 1,046 points, 486 rebounds, 97 steals, one NCAA Tournament, 2009 1st-team All-Big 12

2. Marcus Denmon* — 1,156 points, 163 assists, 39.8 3-point percentage, three NCAA Tournaments

3. Leo Lyons — 1,231 points, 77 blocks, 590 rebounds, one NCAA Tournament

4. Kim English* — 1,063 points, 148 assists, 37.0 3-point percentage, three NCAA Tournaments

5. J.T. Tiller — 940 points, 166 steals, 2009 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, two NCAA Tournaments

6. Laurence Bowers* — 838 points, 464 rebounds, 123 blocks, three NCAA Tournaments

7. Matt Lawrence — 1,004 points, 39.8 3-point percentage, one NCAA Tournament

8. Zaire Taylor — 532 points, 215 assists, two NCAA Tournaments, game-winning shot vs. Kansas (‘09)

 

Late '80s/'90s players division

1. Derrick Chievous — 2,580 points (Best in Missouri history), 979 rebounds (fourth), 52.2 percent field goals, 1987 All-American, 764 free throws made (first)

2. Anthony Peeler — 1,970 points (third), 497 assists (first), 196 steals (first), 1992 All-American

3. Doug Smith — 2,184 points (second), 897 field goals made (first), 1,053 rebounds (2nd), 1990 All-American

4. Keyon Dooling — 716 points, 198 assists, 76 steals

5. Melvin Booker — 1,697 points (sixth), 488 assists (second), 1994 All-American

6. Kelly Thames — 1,689 points (seventh), 785 rebounds

7. Linas Kleiza — 707 points, 385 rebounds, 42.1 field goal percentage, Rivals.com Freshman All-America Team (‘03)

8. Jevon Crudup — 1,498 points, 874 rebounds, 154 steals, 116 blocks

 

Old-school players division

1. Steve Stipanovich — 1,836 points (fourth), 984 rebounds (third), 149 blocks (second), four NCAA Tournaments, 1983 All-American

2. Willie Smith — 1,387 points, 23.9 points per game (first), 79.0 free throw percentage, 1976 All-American

3. Bill Stauffer — 964 rebounds (fifth), 13.6 rebounds per game (first), 1952 All-American, 379 rebounds in 1952 (most in a single season)

4. Norm Stewart — 1,112 points, 32 seasons as head coach, 16 NCAA Tournaments as head coach, 1956 All-American

5. Larry Drew — 1,401 points, 433 assists (third), 47.9 field goal percentage, two NCAA Tournaments

6. Al Eberhard — 1,347 points, 806 rebounds, 10.1 rebounds per game (third)

7. Kim Anderson — 1,289 points, 675 rebounds, 26 career double-doubles

8. John Brown — 1,421 points, 19.7 points per game (third), 10.0 rebounds per game (fourth), 1972-73 All-American

 

Best of the rest division

1. Jon Sundvold — 1,579 points (10th), 382 assists, 96 steals, 1983 All-American

2. Arthur Johnson — 1,759 points (fifth), 1,083 rebounds (first), 245 blocks (first)

3. Kareem Rush — 1,584 points, 456 rebounds, 1st-team All-Big 12 (‘01)

4. Clarence Gilbert — 1,685 points (eighth), 330 assists, 167 steals, 332 3-pointers made (first)

5. Rickey Paulding — 1,673 points (ninth), 526 rebounds, 105 steals

6. Ricky Frazier — 1,448 points, 585 rebounds, 100 steals, 1982 All-American

7. Stefhon Hannah — 4.8 assists per game (first), 2.2 steals per game (first), 2007 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

8. Jason Horton — 413 assists (fifth), 150 steals, 2006 Academic All-American

— The Mizzou Athletics basketball records book was used for gathering statistics.

 

Please let us know what you think in the comments section below, on Twitter @CoMoSports or on the Missourian’s Facebook page.


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